Autumn at the Sedgwick

 Earth Science Week Logo

We'll be joining in with Earth Science week by having a day of events on Saturday 18th October.

Discover rocks and fossils iTrail covern Cambridge city centre

10.00-16.00, Ages 8+

Self-lead trail starting at the Sedgwick Museum.

This trail will introduce you to just a few of the rock types and geological features that can be found hidden in the walls, roofs and pavements around the city centre.

Pick up your copy of the Cambridge Geology Trail at the museum shop.

The first 50 sold on the 18th will be at the special reduced price of £2.00. Trails are available at the normal price of £3.50 at any time.

Tour of the museum

10.30 – 11.30 Ages 12+ Free, donations welcome. Limited places so booking through Eventbright is essential

Travel back through time and find out more about the museum’s huge collection of rocks and fossils and the people who collected them. You will also have the chance to see John Watson’s building stone collection of over 2000 traditional building stones, a collection that is not usually open to the public.

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10.30-12.30 and 13.30-15.30 Free, family drop in event

Do you know your sandstone from your basalt or your ammonites from you trilobites? To celebrate Earth Science week we are getting some of our rocks and fossils out of the cupboards and in to the gallery for you to discover.

Half term Ice Age activities

Throughout the half term we'll have a new trail for you to pick up at the front dek. Follow the Ice Age trail and see if you have eXtinct factor!

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Tuesday 28th October 10.30 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 16.30. Families, free drop in event

Come and make your own ice age mask, cut out your mask and use your creative skills to decorate it.

Will you be wolf or a sabre tooth tiger?


Curating CambridgeCurating Cambridge

To curate is to select, to organise and to care for objects but what does it mean to you?

Cambridge Curiosities

20th October - 22nd November, during normal opening hours, all ages, free

A guest curated cabinet within the Sedgwick Museum, revealing objects from a personal geological collection and the stories they tell.

The Sedgwick out and about

Campsite at Curating Cambridge

Saturday 25 October 10.30pm - 4.30pm. Christ Pieces. All ages, free drop in

A two-day extravaganza where museums step out of their normal homes and into a pop-up venue with a difference. Join us at Christ's Pieces and find a pop-up collection of performances and activities created by artists in collaboration with each of the University's museums and the Botanic Garden.

Grace and Flora have been working with us on the themes of human effort and trace fossils, but what will their performance entail?

Curious Collections: University of Cambridge  Museums family day at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Wednesday 29th October 12.00-16.00 Fitzwilliam Museum. Ages 5+ free drop in event

Join us as we take over the Fitzwilliam museum along with Kettle’s Yard, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, The Polar Museum, The Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Museum of Zoology and the Denny Abbey Farmland Museum for an afternoon of activities spread throughout the Fitzwilliam museum.

Monday to Friday
10:00 to 13:00 & 14:00 to 17:00

10:00 to 16:00

One of the most iconic of Cambrian age fossils from the famous Burgess Shale is a little (3.5 cm long) creature called Hallucigenia, which has been the subject of considerable controversy for several decades. Now, researchers, Martin Smith and Javier Ortega-Hernandez from the Department of Earth Sciences have reinvestigated this strange creature and its relationship to other animals.

A new project is underway at Cambridge’s oldest museum, the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. Funding from Arts Council England’s ‘Designation Development Fund’ is enabling the Museum to make some of its most historically important specimens available to visitors for the first time as high-quality, interactive digital 3D objects.